Bagpipe ~ School & Services


MITCHELL'S BAGPIPE CENTRE and SCHOOL
Bagpipe tuition, bagpipes and accessories support for local people,
('Bagpipe Lessons', B E Mitchell, 2371 Cambridge Road, RD1, Te Awamutu 3879, New Zealand. E-mail)
All your necessities for learning to play the bagpipes : Instruments, books, instruction.

The services of Mitchell's Bagpipe Centre and School, are provided by Bryan Mitchell. Bryan is an active piper with 35+ years experience as a Pipe-Major in local pipe bands. In all, 60+ years piping experience with pipe bands, solo piping and professional bagpiping. As a learner you get tuition, service and support from someone experienced and passionate about piping and the associated culture. If you want to learn how to play just E-mail your inquiry for further details.

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Some used sets are currently available.

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No online sales are available.

Support given by personal contact. by (by appointment), phone (07) 870 5242 or e-mail me and we start from there.

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Tuition Requisites.

Ages: Children need to be old enough to have a good attention span and be able to listen to instruction. Often this may mean around 10 - 12 years and older. Children younger may learn also but attitude and interest is a pre-requisite.

Physical size: Hand size really. Fingers need to be able to reach the holes on the practice chanters. There are three sizes - childs, standard and longspan. Often children grow out of the childs size quite quickly and as cost for childs size and standard size are the same for basic models, it is sometimes sensible to delay tutoring until fingers reach the holes on the standard size practice chanter.

Practice Chanter: A practice chanter is required. We have them for purchase. Classes/or individuals can use loan p/chanters during class but these remain at the classroom as they are for initial instruction only or use if a student forgets to bring theirs to class.

Books: Both, a music manuscript book and a tutor book (either "Bryan's" or "College of Piping Book 1" "Logan's" or the Piping Academy book are OK)are required. Tuition primarily follows the sequence of the College of Piping (Glasgow) accompanied with notes examples and exercises as the student progresses.

Writing implements: A pencil, rubber and ruler. A plain paper note pad and folder.

Computer Access: Optional..... Tuition and music are enhanced by the use of the Electric Pipes program for Windows based PCs. All tunes and exercises are available in abc music file notation and in one of more of the following gif, jpg, png or pdf file formats. The computer program is written by a NZ developer. The DEMO version is FREE and is sufficient for all learning purposes. As such it is included with tunes as required. All tunes used are traditional and outside any copyright concerns. Instruction uses this computer program. When at an appropriate level students are directed how to obtain a full licensed version that enables editing and other features.

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Tuition Books.

Book Options:
Bryan's Bagpipe Tutor.
Is a tutor book following traditional methods. This book is part of a multi-volume set comprehensively covering bagpipe playing and maintenance.

College of Piping Tutor Book 1.
Is a tutor book, part of a 4 book set produced by the College of Piping in Glasgow.

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Tuition Tunes.

Tunes:
A basic tune list plus "abc" notation and gif image of all tunes are available and provided.

Music notation example: Scots Wha Hae.
The image below is a file named 'Scots Wha Hae.gif' (size reduced)
followed by the 'abc' text format for 'Scots Wha Hae.abc'


X:1
%%EPipes[V=2013,LP=120]
T:Scots Wha Hae
C:Trad. Scottish
R:MARCH
U:z="@ "
L:1/8
M:4/4
Q:84
K:HP
%%EPipes[LP=170,SP=14,SA=0]
P:A
|{g}A>B {g}A>G {g}A>B {Gdc}d2|{g}B>c {g}B>A {g}B>c {Gdc}d>e|\
{g}f>a e>f {Gdc}d>e {g}f>e|{g}d>B {gBd}B>{G}A {gAGAG}A4|
|{g}A>B {g}A>G {g}A>B {Gdc}d2|{g}B>c {g}B>A {g}B>c {Gdc}d>e|\
{g}f>a e>f {Gdc}d>e {g}f>e|{g}d>B {gBd}B>{G}A {gAGAG}A3 e|]
P:B
|{g}f>{e}f {g}f>e {g}f>g {ag}a>f|{g}e>{A}e {g}e>d {g}e>f {gf}g2|\
{ag}a>f {g}e>f {Gdc}d>e {g}f>e|{g}d>B {gBd}B>{G}A {gAGAG}A3 e|
|{g}f>{e}f {g}f>e {g}f>g {ag}a>f|{g}e>{A}e {g}e>d {g}e>f {gf}g2|\
{ag}a>f {g}e>f {Gdc}d>e {g}f>e|{g}d>B {gBd}B>{G}A {gAGAG}A4|]

NB. If you use the text above, copy it into a text file with the name 'Scots Wha Hae.abc' using the 'Notepad' utility. Use the NZ developed 'Electric Pipes' program that can be downloaded from the www.bakedbean.co.nz web-site, to run this 'abc' file. Epipes can read 'abc' files, but the developer says later versions will no longer support 'saving in abc format'. However Notepad is able to be used for all editing. All you need to do is learn the 'abc' format coding options. Also the 'demo' versions of Epipes will not 'print' the music notation score sheets, but any image processing program will print the 'gif' files as shown above.

Music notation example: Brother John or Frere Jacques.
This is not a traditional bagpipe tune but being a tune
familiar to most children, it is a useful melody to
introduce youngsters to using the practice chanter.
The image below is a file named 'BJ-Frere Jacques.gif' (size reduced)
followed by the 'abc' text format for 'BJ-Frere Jacques.abc'


X:1
%%EPipes[LP=120]
T:Brother John
C:Trad. (Fr)
R:SONG
U:z="@ "
L:1/8
M:4/4
Q:84
K:HP
%%EPipes[LP=170,SP=14,SA=0]
P:A
|{g}A2 B2 {gcd}c2 A2|{g}A2 B2 {gcd}c2 A2|{g}c2 d2 {gef}e2- e2|\
{g}c2 d2 {gef}e2- e2|
|{g}ef ed {gcd}c2 A2|{g}ef ed {gcd}c2 A2|{gBd}B2 G2 {g}A2- A2|\
{gBd}B2 G2 {g}A2- A2:|
%%EPipes[LP=50]
I:
X:2
%%EPipes[LP=120]
T:Brother John (Frere Jacques)
U:z="@ "
L:1/16
M:2/4
Q:84
K:HP
%%EPipes[LP=170,SP=14,SA=0]
P:A
|{g}A2B2 {gcd}c2A2|{g}A2B2 {gcd}c2A2|{g}c2d2 {gef}e4|{g}c2d2 {gef}e4|
|{g}efed {gcd}c2A2|{g}efed {gcd}c2A2|{gBd}B2G2 {g}A4|{gBd}B2G2 {g}A4:|

NB. If you use the text above, copy it into a text file with the name 'BJ-Frere Jacques.abc' using the 'Notepad' utility. Use the NZ developed 'Electric Pipes' program that can be downloaded from the www.bakedbean.co.nz web-site, to run this 'abc' file. Epipes can read 'abc' files, but the developer says later versions will no longer support 'saving in abc format'. However Notepad is able to be used for all editing. All you need to do is learn the 'abc' format coding options. Also the 'demo' versions of Epipes will not 'print' the music notation score sheets, but any image processing program will print the 'gif' files as shown above.

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Advice on Kilts, Sporrans and Belts, as well as Kilt Hire and Bagpipes & Accessories. Servicing and repairs of kilts, sporrans, belts & straps, and highland dress accessories. We can produce our own kilt pins, buckles for waist belts and kilt straps, buttons for jackets and various thistle badges and other findings for attaching to sporrans to enhance their appearance.

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Limited use of Dunbar P1 Henderson pattern bagpipes possible.

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A range of kilts/tartans available are available for use by pipers currently without their own gear for piping occasions or events.

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Bryan is able to provide short term use by pipers who are starting their solo piping career but still lack all or some of the necessary highland dress.
If you want a distinctive custom made sporrans, belts, buckles and inexpensive
ghillie brogue conversion.

Solo piping attire.

MKH make kilts, belts, sporrans, and can supply all your other accessories, including Ghillie Brogue modification to normal brogued shoes. Spare laces, tassels. Repairs and reconditioning of belts, sporrans, kilts.
Beginners & intermediate pipers.

Having trouble setting your pipes and reeds up?
Visit (by appointment) our rural location and have your pipes set up for you.
This can include re-tying of your bag to fit you. Or adjusting the blowpipe

Trouble with noise and neighbours? Practise in our barn or outside in our rural setting.
Or Join the Cambridge & Districts Pipe Band and practice with us in Cambridge on Thursday evenings.

Bagpipe Tutor book and tune collection.

Mitchell Bagpipe Information , Ph. (07) 870 5242
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Learners and Playing members (pipers and drummers) of all ages wanted, and made very welcome.

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